11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 day
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
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Taupo
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 1 night

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Auckland

Auckland ©

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Auckland trip builder site.

Hamilton to Auckland is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Nightlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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Paihia

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, then see the world from above with Salt Air, and then add some adventure to your tour with Bay of Islands Kayaking. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take a memorable tour with Skydive Bay of Islands, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia day trip planning website.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Bay of Islands Kayaking ©
Bay of Islands Kayaking

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Queenstown day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Queenstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

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Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
On the 1st (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, hike along The Chasm Walk, and trot along with Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau day trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours ©

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Waitomo Caves

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary maker website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Waitomo Caves in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

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night
Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): push the limits with an extreme tour, then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Maori Rock Carvings ©
Maori Rock Carvings

1
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Rotorua

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
On the 5th (Tue), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planning site.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rotorua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest ©
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest

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